Adidas Stan Smith Horween Leather History
The low-top Adidas Stan Smith Horween Leather, unveiled in the Fall of 2015, is a reinterpreted version of the all-time iconic and favorite classic sneaker. This updated profile reveals the bare essentials of the original Stan Smith trainer in a deconstructed form.
The Adidas Stan Smith is regarded as one of the best-selling tennis shoes of all time, known for its distinctive white leather upper with green tab detailing on the heel. This used to be a favorite court trainer back in the 1970s up until the 1980s, which is also the signature shoe of top seeder during that era, Stan Smith.
Over nearly two decades since its release, 22 million pairs of Stan Smith were reportedly sold worldwide and this was documented in the Guinness Book of Records in 1988. The Stan Smith’s simple yet elegant leather silhouette seems to never go out of fashion.
One of the factors that kept this low-top a mainstay in the market is due to the rapid growth of sneaker-loving population. Adidas took heed by coming up with retro releases of the Stan Smith model, starting off with the Adidas Stan Smith II at the turn of the century.
By 2005, apparently 40 million pairs of this most retro tennis shoe were sold globally. However, in spite of its high demand in the market, Adidas temporarily ceased its production in 2012. When the Stan Smith was re-launched in 2014, Adidas gave consumers the option to individualize their own pair through the customizable Mi Adidas application. Through this feature, supporters can design their own Adidas Stan Smith through an array of exclusive color, material, and graphic selections.
37 years from the time the original version was dropped, the Germany-based brand unveiled the low-top Adidas Stan Smith Horween Leather. Several layers and detailings from the vintage model was stripped off and replaced by high-quality vegetable tanned Essex leather from the illustrious Horween Leather Company.
Coinciding the drop of this low-top iteration is the release of an identical mid-top variety. Two years later, Adidas teamed up once again with the Chicago-based leather company and dropped an upgraded edition in luxe Brown and vibrant Collegiate Navy Stan Smith colorways. These modified Stan Smith Horween Leather iterations have padded lining.